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Oakland Town Hall
Meet OPDC staff and board members, ask questions about their programs and
services and connect with other neighbors. This is the first of four quarterly
town halls OPDC will host this year, each focused on a different theme.
Theme: Development and Transportation Planning
  • Get updates on the City of Pittsburgh’s Bus Rapid Transit Project
  • Brush up on your role in the institutional master planning process as we prepare for Pitt’s upcoming master plan renewal
Wednesday, March 22, 6pm
Oakland Career Center
294 Semple Street 
Childcare and refreshmentswill be provided. Please RSVP if you plan to use the childcare.
See the flyer for more info.

Savoy Restaurant at 2623 Penn Avenue is hosting a Black History Month Community Leadership Awards Event Thursday, February 23nd from 5:00 – 7:00pm to honor the five Black Elected Officials of PBEOC – Rep. Jake Wheatley,  Rep. Ed Gainey, Councilman Lavelle, Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess, and County Councilman Dewitt Walton.
Admission is free.  There will be light Hors D'oeuvres and a cash bar.  This is a Gary White Signature Event.  You may click HERE for event flyer.     

Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Housing Authority, and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority today announced the opening application period for the second cycle of the PGH Lab program. 
PGH Lab is a program designed to connect local startup companies with the City of Pittsburgh to explore new ways to use technology and new services to make local government more efficient, transparent, sustainable and inclusive. The program gives the companies an opportunity to beta test their products and gain valuable feedback. During the pilot period startups will be connected with a “city champion” that will guide them through the 3- 4-month pilot period. 

The link below is a news story for information about a recent telephone scam.  Please feel free to share with family, friends and members of your community groups or organizations. 
If you receive a phone call from someone asking “can you hear me,” hang up. You’re a potential victim in the latest scam circulating around the U.S. 
The police are now warning about the scheme, which also sparked warnings by Pennsylvania authorities late last year. The “can you hear me” con is actually a variation on earlier scams aimed at getting the victim to say the word “yes”, or "OK" or similar answer in a phone conversation. That affirmative response is recorded by the fraudster and used to authorize unwanted charges on a phone or utility bill or on a purloined credit card. 
The recommendation is to not answer unknown calls, and let them go to voicemail or an answering machine.  See the news report for more info and recommendations.
Oakwatch : The Oakland Code Enforcement Project
Third Wednesdays
February 15, Noon, St. Regis Church Social Hall, 3235 Parkview Avenue
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
Green Team : Putting the “oak” back in Oakland
Third Thursdays
February 16, 6pm, Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
Oakwatch : The Oakland Code Enforcement Project
Third Wednesdays (alternating meeting times at Noon and 6pm)
January 18, 6pm at the Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213
NOTE: Evening meetings now on odd numbered months and daytime meetings now on even numbered months.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
​​Green Team : Putting the “oak” back in Oakland
Third Thursdays
​January 19, 6pm at the Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.

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The Zone 4 Public Safety Council will be on Thursday January 19 6pm, Jewish Community Center, 5738 Darlington Rd. Meet Acting Chief Scott Schubert.  Hear about Acting Chief Schubert's vision for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police & the City of Pittsburgh.  Discuss the importance of Community-Police relations and what's happening in Pittsburgh. 
Light refreshments will be served.
See the attached flyer for more info.

The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that there will not be any refuse, bulk waste or recycling collection on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 in observance of Christmas and on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in observance of New Year's Day. 
City of Pittsburgh offices will also be closed on both days. 
The Holiday Refuse Collection schedule will proceed as follows:  
Normal collection day for Tuesday, Dec. 27 changed to Wednesday, Dec. 28.
And collection day for Tuesday, Jan. 3 changed to Wednesday, Jan. 4. 
If you should have any questions concerning your collection, you may contact Environmental Services at (412) 255-2773. 
The following Citiparks facilities will adjust operating hours in observance of the Christmas holiday by closing at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, and remaining closed on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25: 
  • Mellon Park Tennis Center
  • Schenley Park Skating Rink
  • Oliver Bath House indoor swimming pool
Citiparks' 10 community recreation centers and 14 Healthy Active Living senior centers will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26. Recreation Centers will operate under a holiday schedule of 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. from Dec. 27 – 30. 
For information concerning Citiparks programs and services, visit www.Citiparks.net
The Schenley Park Skating Rink will offer additional skating sessions Dec. 26 – 30. A complete holiday schedule can be found here: http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/Christmas_–_Schenley_Rink.pdf    

City Council passed Councilman Daniel Lavelle's legislation that creates a Housing Opportunity Fund for Pittsburgh. The Fund will ensure that every neighborhood in our city receives the investment it needs and that longtime residents are able to share in the “New Pittsburgh.” The Fund will help stop the displacement of low income individuals by keeping housing affordable, and create strong, stable communities where all Pittsburghers can thrive. 
Pittsburgh is currently facing a shortage of nearly 17,000 affordable rental units. The lack of affordable housing has become a pressing issue in recent years as new development has driven up the housing prices in neighborhoods long occupied by low and middle income residents. This legislation will address the issue of creating affordable options in the City of Pittsburgh. 
Oakwatch : The Oakland Code Enforcement Project
Third Wednesdays (alternating meeting times at Noon and 6pm)
​Decem​ber ​2​1, 6pm at the Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 152131
​Introducing new co-chair Bob Koller​.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
​​Green Team : Putting the “oak” back in Oakland
Third Thursdays
​Cancelled for December, next meeting Thursday, January 19, 2017.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.

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What is Pittsburgh Snow Angels?
Snow covered sidewalks can be hazardous for everyone. Pittsburgh Snow Angels is a program that helps minimize the hardships of winter by pairing volunteers with elderly or disabled residents to assist with snow removal. 
Along with fostering stronger community relationships and relieving some of the stress that comes from a snow storm, Snow Angels makes our sidewalks safer for those who continue to serve despite the winter weather – like postal service workers, firemen, and police officers.  
For more information, check out the attached flyer, forms, or visit the website

Pittsburgh Police are looking for a man who set fire to a trash can in a laundry mat in South Oakland last month. 
The incident happened around 7:25 a.m. on Nov. 22 at the business located in the 3200 block of Kennett Square. 
According to police, the fire spread from the trash can to a laundry tub. The business and apartments above it sustained extensive smoke damage. 
Anyone with information on the incident or the suspect’s identity is asked to call Pittsburgh Police at 412-323-7800. 

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The first image is of another development at Bakery Square.  The idea for Wakefield St is to be similar offset buildings and recessed garages to minimize their visual impact, but the "look" should be less modern and in context with South Oakland. 
Attached are some initial sketches of a proposed development for the current first five lots at Wakefield St and Ward St.   Additionally, the developer notes that based on the existing building on the corner lot "is three stories high, and the first floor is slightly elevated.  Conservatively, I’d say the ridge is at 30’ above grade.  The highest building we have would be 10’ lower at street level, and we are limited to code to 40’."  
So "the building height of the highest building would not be any taller than the existing one" and "they would be further to the left, and drop down" further down Wakefield toward the shrine area.

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Join the Rotary Clubs of Bethel-St. Clair and Northern Allegheny, Pittsburgh Police, and Holy Assumption of St. Mary Orthodox Church this Thanksgiving for the annual “Get Stuffed with Love” event. 
Help those in need in the community by cooking, assembling, and delivering food to feed the hungry on Thanksgiving Day. This year, we expect to feed approximately 3,500 residents in the City of Pittsburgh. Donations can be made up to Thanksgiving day, but donations are always accepted so even after Thanksgiving it would still go towards the program. 
In need of a meal on Thanksgiving? 
Contact your Community Resource Officer in the Zone in which you live.
Zone 4 — 412-422-6559: Officers Shannon Leshen, Tom Pauley & Dave Shifren 
Dinner requests should be made by Friday, November 18th so they have an idea on the number of requests in time for preparation and packaging of the meals. 

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Join the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety & the Public Safety Zone Councils for a City Wide Public Safety Meeting. 
Public Safety in the Digital Age
Learn about the various ways technology is used to enhance Public Safety.
Main Speaker: Public Safety Director, Wendell Hissrich 
Wednesday, October 19th 6-8pm at
Pgh Federation Of Teachers
10 S. 19th Street, South Side 
Check out the attached flyer for more information